Latin alphabet The Latin, or Roman, english language latin alphabet was originally adapted from the Etruscan alphabet during the 7th century BC to write Latin. Since then it has had many different forms, and been adapted to write many other languages. According to Roman legend, the Cimmerian Sibyl, Carmenta, created the Latin alphabet by adapting the Greek alphabet used in the Greek colony of Cumae in southern Italy.
This was introduced to Latium by Evander, her son. 60 years after the Trojan war. Archaic Latin alphabet The earliest known inscriptions in the Latin alphabet date from the 6th century BC. It was adapted from the Etruscan alphabet during the 7th century BC.
The letters Y and Z were taken from the Greek alphabet to write Greek loan words. Other letters were added from time to time as the Latin alphabet was adapted for other languages. By the 5th or 4th century BC it was normally written from left to right. Before A the letter K was used for these sounds, before O or V, Q was used, and C was used elsewhere.